CJ Anthony

Wideout CJ Anthony breaks off on a run following a pass from Conner Shemwell for a first down. This was one of only two first down pickups for the Raider offense on Friday night. Anthony was also a force on punt returns and put CHS in solid field position throughout the game.

The Central High School Red Raiders came into their game on Friday, September 6, off of a tough 35-0 Coffee Pot loss to Tullahoma the week before. The team's offensive struggles once again emerged as the Raiders fell to the Blaze 65-0. 

"That was a beating. One of the goals is to get out and compete and I think we had some kids that did that," Coach Doug Greene said. "We still refuse to execute all 11 people at the same time and when you do that, a bad team's gonna beat you, a good team's gonna make you look stupid."

The Raider offense was held to less than 50 yards and two first down pickups through all four quarters. This came a year after the 2018 CHS-Blackman game that saw the Raiders held to 79 yards in a 42-0 loss. Both the 2018 and 2019 losses to the Blaze dropped CHS to 0-3 in each season. 

The Raiders entered their bye week with a road matchup against Siegel scheduled for September 20. Ahead of this game, Greene said the offensive line would have some added talent with the return of injured players. 

"We get two back for the next game so that's gonna be big," Greene explained. "We'll just be able to run our offense because we'll have guards and tackles and centers and a little depth."

Blackman got on the board on the game's first drive. Pinned on their own eight-yard line, the Blaze marched down the field to the Raider end zone to take an early 7-0 lead. 

A three-and-out on the Raiders' first drive was followed by a Blackman safety on the CHS punt. Less than a minute later, the Blaze added another touchdown to put the Raiders in a 15-0 hole within the game's first six minutes. 

Down 23-0 at the start of the second quarter, an 11-yard pass from Conner Shemwell to C.J. Anthony moved the chains for the Raiders for the first time in the game. This was also the offense's first positive yardage. CHS was unable to continue the drive and had to punt it away four plays later.

Despite solid defensive play from players such as Zack Galey and Blanton Brown, Blackman continued to push ahead and take a 44-0 lead at halftime. 

With Matthew Pittman in at quarterback after an injury to Shemwell in the second quarter, the Raiders opened the second half with their second first down pickup off running back Marshall Haney. Once again, the drive stalled and the team was forced to punt. 

Blackman responded with another touchdown to make it a 51-0 game before the start of the fourth quarter. The Blaze picked up two more before the game's close.

"I thought we could've executed better. We just need to keep working and work hard," Galey said. "We're gonna get on that bye week this upcoming week and then just keep looking toward the future and don't let this drag on us."

The Raiders' September 20 kickoff against Siegel will be at 7 p.m.